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Garda warning over Vishing and online scams

Thursday, 8th February, 2018 9:34am

Garda warning over Vishing and online scams



Gardaí from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau have reminded the public about the dangers of providing personal and financial details to third parties following a number of recently reported scams.

It comes shortly after a recent alert went out in the Cavan-Monaghan region warning of telephone calls from persons seeking financial information.

It warned persons not to give any personal details over the telephone, and to check with their bank if the call was in fact valid.

'Vishing' concerns Bank Compromise Fraud, where the victim was contacted by an individual purporting to be from their bank stating their account had some suspicious transactions. In order to provide a refund, the victim was instructed to send funds via financial money transfer to locations including Nepal, Kenya and Cambodia.
The second relates to a fraud targeting Indian and other nationalities after recently travelling to Ireland, who were contacted by phone and told they had incorrectly filled in a form at the airport in their country of origin.

In this scenario persons have been told their Visa would be invalid and they would be deported unless they sent funds via financial money transfer to India to rectify the issue.
Speaking earlier today Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan, Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, said: “I want to highlight the fact that Banks and Financial Institutions will never telephone or email anyone to send or provide their personal details of bank cards, date of birth, address or other personal details.

“Please disregard any such requests, as these criminals are seeking out your personal details, including some current scams where foreign nationals are receiving calls that there are issues with their visas and to forward finances to rectify the problem,” he added.


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